Grief can affect your:
- thoughts and feelings
- physical health
- relationships with others.
Grief is a very personal experience. You may find that your family members or friends react to the situation differently to you. This is normal, everybody deals with grief in different ways.
Grief doesn’t have a set timeline. Most people feel grief over an extended period of time.
With the support of family and friends, most people find ways to learn to live with loss. For some people, it’s helpful to seek professional support.
Services that can help
24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Victims of Crime Helpline
The Victorian Government’s Victims of Crime Helpline offers information, advice and support for you and your family. Contacting the helpline is the first step to getting a range of free services to help you manage the effects of crime.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
Provides a specialist bereavement service for individuals, children and families who need assistance following the death of someone close to them, including face-to-face counselling and support groups.
Anonymous telephone counselling service providing support to people who are experiencing loss and grief.
The Compassionate Friends Victoria
Supporting parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents after the death of a child at any age.
Learn more about grief
The Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel has more detailed information about grief:
View the Loss and Grief video series
The Victims Support Agency has produced a series of videos that explore the stories of five people who have lost loved ones to violent crime, documenting both the emotional effects of the crime and their experience of the trial process.